COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

AEP Partner Resources for Serving the Arts Education Field in the Time of COVID-19


On March 12, 2020, Education Commission of the States published an information request outlining state education policy actions and resources related to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

At the Arts Education Partnership, we’ve started to receive requests from our partners for additional resources that can help them shift operations to online platforms for telework situations, serve their constituents in new ways and care for their employeesIn response to these requests, we’ve engaged our partners in sharing resources they’ve created and compiled that may be useful to others as we navigate these new ways of working. 

Below you’ll find resources AEP partner organizations have shared either directly with AEP or on their websites and social media accounts. We have not vetted these resources; we are compiling and publishing them quickly to respond to the immediate need. We will continue to add resources from partners as we receive them. To add to this list, please submit additional resources at this link 

Resources from AEP Partners:  

Americans for the Arts

Afterschool Alliance 

American Alliance for Theatre & Education:  

American Alliance of Museums 

Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg 

*Arts Ed Collaborative shared the following resources: 

ArtsEd Washington – Washington Alliance for Arts Education 

*Arts Ed NJ

Association of Art Museum Directors 

Association of Performing Arts Presenters 

California Institute of the Arts 

Carnegie Hall 

Carnegie Mellon University Master of Arts Management Program 

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education 

Chorus America 

*Educational Theatre Association shared the following resources: 

*Dance/USA shared the following resources: 

Education Commission of the States

Ford Foundation 

Fractured Atlas 

Grantmakers in the Arts 

Great Minds 

  • Knowledge on the Go: Free Resources : Three-quarters of our more than 800 employees are or have been teachers, so we understand the pressure teachers are under at this time to keep students on track. We are here to support them with free resources including our Eureka Math®/EngageNY Math curriculum that is a free, open education resource available to anyone, anywhere. And starting Wednesday, March 18, we are going to share—free to anyone—recorded daily lessons in Grades K–12 of Eureka Math®, K–8 of Wit & Wisdom®, and 3–5 of PhD Science®. These lessons will be delivered by our own teachers and will be viewable on any device so that teachers and their students may use them. 

*Guitars in the Classroom shared the following resources:  

  • Guitars in the Classroom’s health policy for classroom music making safety
  • Guitars in the Classroom’s recommend procedures for cleaning classroom ukuleles and guitars 
  • How Guitars in the Classroom is responding to school closures:  
    • For residencies in home/hospital settings with medically fragile students, school closures have no effect.  
    • Guitars in the Classroomwill offer specifically qualified teaching artists some extra project-based work on curriculum development during closures.  
    • If closures are long, Guitars in the Classroom will compile community resources for their artists and will consider launching/promoting online fundraising concerts for them, featuring them, through Stage-It. They will also launch a music club strum and sing-along hour online for children whose schools are closed. This won’t reach students lacking internet access, but it will still reach many. 

International Council of Fine Arts Deans 

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:  

*League of American Orchestras shared the following resources: 

  • Coronavirus resources: information and tools to help navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • As leaders of the Cultural Advocacy Group, the League also supported creating this Google doc, where national arts service organizations are listing their COVID resource pages.  

Lesley University Creative Arts in Learning Programs 

Lincoln Center Education 

Malashock Dance 

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM

National Art Education Association 

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies 

National Association for Music Education 

National Association of Elementary School Principals 

National Association of Secondary School Principals 

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)  

National Dance Education Organization 

National Dance Institute New Mexico 

*National Endowment for the Arts shared the following resources: 

National Education Association 

National Association of Secondary School Principals 

OPERA America 

  • Sector Response (compiled by Independent Sector) 
    • Bridgespan: Managing through Tough Times: Resources on creative new approaches to management as we enter into uncharted territory. 
    • Council of Foundations: COVID-19 Resource Hub: Hub with updated links regarding council announcements, latest news on coronavirus, resources for best practices for responding to COVID-19, and a page to share how your org is responding. 
    • Center for Disaster Philanthropy: COVID-19 Declared a PandemicUpdated hub related to global effect, where to help fund, and articles linking to the overall response to COVID-19 focused on disaster philanthropic giving. 
    • Northern California Grantmakers: 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Philanthropic Response: An updated list of events related to how to respond/discuss COVID-19 with the option to register, guidance and short descriptions on “how you can help,” along with additional resources. 
    • National Council of Nonprofits: The Nonprofit Community Confronts the Coronavirus: Outlining how the sector has reacted to COVID-19 and resources for how to move forward (external resources from state associations of nonprofits), day to day advice and the “encouraging civility.” 
    • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits: What Nonprofits need to knowExpansive collation of resources not just for MN-area/ affiliated nonprofits, contains extremely useful information to combat potential racist and prejudiced incidents 
    • Events Industry Council: About Corona Virus: Resources focused on COVID-19 effect on events with niche videos, external resources to understand the virus, short term implications and concerns, insurance policies, and ways to work around the coronavirus with having to work with people in person (meetings, events, etc.). 

Puget Sound Educational Service District: Arts Impact 

*Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (New AEP Partner!)

  • TeachRock: The 170+ easy to follow, always free lesson plans available at are available to everyone everywhere. These resources use popular music as a tool for student engagement. (Digital Learning Resource)

Save the Music Foundation

*State Education Agencies Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) shared the following resources: 

South Arts 

Southeast Center for Arts Integration 

The College Board

The Heinz Endowments 

Young Audiences Arts for Learning 

U.S. Department of Education 


Additional Resources 

Association of Teaching Artists  

For Freelance Artists:

Alliance of Artists Communities 

New York Foundation for the Arts 


Smithsonian Institution 

Creative Generation 

Arts Administrators of Color Network  

The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc.  


Doodles Academy 

  • A free art curriculum that is available virtually. It provides art projects that offer authentic art experiences for students — every student makes their own artistic decisions and walks away from the project with artwork unique to them. Each project includes video tutorials and thorough lesson plans so that anyone can feel comfortable teaching art, regardless of their background or experience level. More, the art projects are aligned to topics and themes found in literacy, math, social studies, and science 

Alternate ROOTS

  • Resource page which focuses on independent and community organizing sources

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The New Victory Theater

Teaching Artists Guild (TAG)

Learning Policy Institute